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How To: Poke Bowls

Poke bowls are a delicious, compact way to enjoy a burst of Hawaiian flavor. Packed with fresh fish, tons of veggies, and a sprinkling of savory toppings, they are super nutritious and easy to put together. Get ready to say aloha to your new favorite meal!
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What is Poke?

In Hawaiian, "poke" means to cut crosswise into pieces, but for Hawaiians, it signifies so much more. Poke means family gatherings on the beach, casting nets into the ocean, and digging roasted kukui nuts from old fire pits. To make the poke, fresh fish is cleaned and sliced and everyone eagerly awaits while the mixture sits and the flavors meld.

Poke Evolution

Over the years, poke has evolved from a simple fisherman’s dish to become a staple food in Hawaii. Much like the Hawaiian people, poke has welcomed change and has grown to incorporate changing Hawaiian culture. Today you can find poke influenced by Japanese flavors, Mediterranean spices, and even vegan tofu mixes!

The Aloha Spirit

Hawaii’s well-known aloha spirit is more than just a desire to live life with love; it’s incorporated into all aspects of Hawaiian life. People surf with aloha, write with aloha, and they certainly cook with aloha. If you don’t find yourself living on a seaside paradise but still want to try your hand at cooking with aloha, make your very own poke bowl at home!

Pairings

You can get as creative as you like with garnish but we suggest sliced avocado, black sesame seeds, crushed toasted macadamia nuts, and a sprinkle of Hawaiian red sea salt. Serve over white rice, or, for a healthier option, over a bowl of quinoa or wild rice.

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Salmon Poke Bowl with Pickled Radishes

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This easy, tasty salmon poke bowl recipe is packed with pickled veggies and avocado and topped with a spicy ponzu sauce. It's a bright, healthy bowl for spring or summer inspired by the classic Hawaiian dish.

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"End of the Month" Tuna Poke Bowl

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On a budget? Maybe you just hate raw fish. Either way, in this poke bowl twist, canned tuna replaces the traditional raw fish to create a simple yet delicious tuna and rice bowl that might just be the answer to all your problems.

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Spicy Salmon Poke and Coconut Rice

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Salmon poke bowl filled with fresh slices of mango and avocado on a bed of coconut rice.

Say Aloha to Poke Bowls

Poke is the culinary manifestation of aloha--it’s life, love, home...and it’s delicious.

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